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Big drop in Lethbridge-Medicine Hat unemployment rate in May to 7.3%

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Some really positive news when it comes to employment in this area.

Stats Canada says the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat jobless rate fell to 7.3% in May. That’s the lowest it’s been in well over a year. It’s also a drop of nearly 1.5% from April.

Provincially, Alberta saw a slight improvement in the overall jobless rate, coming in at 8.7%. That’s despite tougher COVID-19 restrictions which went into effect in early May.

The national picture however, was not very good. Canada lost more than 68,000 jobs as a whole last month, almost all in part-time work. The majority of the losses were in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Those two provinces experienced a big hit.

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Working from home remains a big thing across the country. That number remained high last month at around 5.1 million people.

Alberta Jobless Rate by Region May 2021

Lethbridge-Medicine Hat: 7.3%
Camrose-Drumheller: 6.9%
Calgary: 8.9%
Banff-Jasper-Rocky Mountain House: 9.5%
Athabasca-Grande Prairie-Peace River: 9.5%
Red Deer: 10.2%
Edmonton: 10.3%
Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake: 7.1%

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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